Burlington, VT picks Optical Solutions' GPON for municipal FTTH network

November 15, 2005 Minneapolis, MN -- The City of Burlington, Vermont is deploying a municipal FTTH network using Optical Solutions' FiberPath 500 Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) access platform. The network will pass nearly 20,000 premises, giving both residents and business owners the opportunity to receive "triple play" voice, video, and data services.

November 15, 2005 Minneapolis, MN -- The City of Burlington, Vermont is deploying a municipal FTTH network using Optical Solutions' FiberPath 500 Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) access platform. The network will pass nearly 20,000 premises, giving both residents and business owners the opportunity to receive "triple play" voice, video, and data services.

According to a press release, the Burlington deployment is a major coup for city officials who struggled for many years - against heavy lobbying by opposing service providers - to change the state's charter to allow a municipal telecommunications operation.

"By building and operating our own state-of-the-art telecommunications utility, we're introducing more choices to the marketplace, and we're also nurturing our city's highly artistic and entrepreneurial culture," remarks Tim Nulty, Burlington's telecom director. "Greater than one out of 10 people in Burlington operate a home-based business, and many more - such as graphic artists and software engineers - work remotely from home one or more days out of the week. OSI's FiberPath 500 system is ideal for large e-file sharing, video streaming, gaming, and more. And the best part is that we can offer this superior service at 10 to 20% less than what the competition charges."

Now in its first phase of deployment, the Burlington Telecom network is currently testing services and expects to initiate complete triple play services to 2,400 homes and businesses by the beginning of 2006. The city will seek additional capital lease financing before building out its FTTH network to remaining dwellings over the course of the year.

"We studied various network architectures and visited many sites before ultimately selecting GPON," continues Nulty. "The FiberPath 500 system is the most cost-effective and flexible way for the city to build an advanced network because, unlike an active electronics system, passive optics allows us to build the underlying network without having to invest in the electronics at the side of the home until someone signs up for services. Moreover, with GPON, we do not have to invest in or maintain outdoor enclosures that require active power and climate control."

"We are very pleased to be part of this landmark FTTH deployment in Burlington, and we're excited about the many ways in which our GPON system will be leveraged," comments Mike Dagenais, president and CEO of Optical Solutions. "Burlington is a shining example of how FTTH can enhance quality of life and commerce in a community."

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